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Maddux tops NL Gold Glove list
11/04/2004 1:00 AM ET
Greg Maddux returned to his golden throne on the hill when the National League Gold Glove Award winners for 2004 were announced Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Cubs right-hander received his 14th Gold Glove in the last 15 years, reclaiming the award in a 2004 season that also saw him earn his 300th victory.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals remained the National League's leading ministers of defense, leading the way with three recipients -- actually down from the four the club won each of the previous two seasons. Catcher Mike Matheny, third baseman Scott Rolen and center fielder Jim Edmonds were repeat winners in 2004 for the National League pennant winners.

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award has been presented annually since 1957 to the top defensive players in each league at each position, as voted by players and managers from opposing teams.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis of the Dodgers is the lone first-timer among the NL's recipients this year. Colorado first baseman Todd Helton picked up his third Gold Glove, Florida second baseman Luis Castillo his second, Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones his seventh consecutive and Dodgers outfielder Steve Finley his fifth.

Maddux, who returned to the Cubs this year after 12 seasons in Atlanta, was beaten out by then-Braves teammate Mike Hampton in 2003. In 2004, Maddux made one error in his 33 starts, compiling a .987 fielding percentage. He had 55 assists and 21 putouts, and turned three double plays.

Among the Gold Glove winners, only Edmonds pulled the double victory of winning a Silver Slugger award for the best offensive player at his position. This is the seventh Gold Glove for Edmonds, and his fifth straight since he came to the NL in 2000.

"Offensively and defensively, he's a great, great player," Rolen said of Edmonds. "He amazes me every day."